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In need of a win, Skyhawks deliver

Fort Lewis football breaks oh-fer, wins RMAC game at Western State
Battle of unbeatens goes to the ’Wolves

KEARNEY, Neb. – In a matchup of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s two remaining unbeatens, it was visiting Colorado State-Pueblo that stole Nebraska-Kearney’s thunder, with the No. 11 ThunderWolves knocking off the No. 4 Lopers 27-14 on Saturday.
CSU-Pueblo (7-0, 5-0 RMAC) benefitted from five turnovers, four of which were interceptions by UNK quarterback Jake Spitzelberger. One such interception was returned for a game-clinching 44-yard touchdown by Stephan Dickens for the final scoring margin. It was just the second time in his career that the Lopers’ signal caller threw that many picks, and he came into the game averaging 371 yards of total offense but mustered just 243 against the ThunderWolves.
Ross Dausin threw for 127 yards and a touchdown, J.B. Mathews ran for a score, and Kyle Major kicked two field goals for CSUP. Spitzlberger and Stephan Rush ran for scores for the Lopers (6-1, 4-1 RMAC).
Grizzlies 44, Mustangs 40
ALAMOSA – For the second week in a row, it was a touchdown from junior James Ackel that led the Adams State to victory, as ASC (4-3. 2-3 RMAC) led following a 30-point first half but had to rely on a pair of late strikes to top Western New Mexico (4-3, 3-2 RMAC).
WNMU’s 669 yards of total offense – 403 of which came in the second half – were 200 more than the Grizzlies’ and were the most gained against ASC since Midwestern State put up 678 yards in a season-opener on Aug. 23, 2007.
Orediggers 28, Mavericks 20
GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado School of Mines jumped out to an early 22 point lead before hanging on just enough to outlast Colorado Mesa.
Despite losing the ball on just the second play of the game, Colorado Mines (5-2, 3-2 RMAC) was able to rack up 343 total yards of offense in first half alone. The Orediggers’ first touchdown came on a 13-yard run by Dan Palmer. After Mavericks (2-5, 1-4 RMAC) kicker Caleb Pavy made it 7-3 on a field goal, Mines was able to score again on a 4-yard run by Tevin Champagne to go up 14-3. Clay Garcia then threw it to open receiver Diamond Gillis to make it 21-3 Orediggers. Palmer was able to score again, and Mines went into halftime up 28-6 before holding off a furious rally after intermission.
Eagles 42, Cowboys 14
CHADRON, Neb. – Seven of Chadron State’s first eight possessions started after a turnover, and the Eagles scored 24 first quarter points in a romp over New Mexico Highlands.
In all, the CSC defense recovered six fumbles, including five in the first quarter alone that set up three short scoring drives. The Eagles (3-4, 3-2 RMAC) also had two interceptions, including one that was returned 68 yards for a touchdown by Phil Rivera near the end of the second quarter, and added a safety for good measure in the fourth.
Highlands has lost three in a row after a 4-0 start and sits at 4-3, 2-3 in league.
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